Sunday, November 18, 2012
It's been a fairly uneventful weekend, really. Friday, I was feeling really tired and ended up going to sleep really early. I just felt exhausted for some reason. Saturday morning I woke up and told myself - I WILL RUN OUTSIDE. If you know me, you know I hate running outside in Colorado for 2 reasons. 1) It's cold here. 2) It's hilly here. I am not a fan of cold weather running. And I REALLY hate hills. I was seriously spoiled living in Phoenix - my running path was very flat, and it was rarely ever cold! BUT I got super lucky yesterday. It was 45 degrees out when I finally got my butt out there. I had some underarmour compression pants on, a moisture-wicking tshirt, and a nike dri-fit cold weather fleece like top over that. I figured that was enough layers without being too hot. I also had my garmin all charged up and ready to go; my fitbit because I am loyal to it these days; and my gymboss to keep me on par with my running intervals. Oh and my bondi-band 13.1 headband - that's motivation! I felt like a runner again :) On the schedule was 40 minutes of 4:1 intervals. I said it in my last blog, but I will say it again. I am a big fan of these intervals. I think when I start HM training, these are the intervals I will stick with. And the gymboss set on vibrate took all of the thinking out of intervals for me!
Anyway, I headed out at 9:35am, and opted to just run around my block. It's about .85 miles around the whole block - I figured this would minimize the hills in my area - eventually I will have to move away from the block running though. It ended up not being cold really at all - I probably could have worn a lighter top. But overall, I was comfortable. My splits:
1 - 11:42
2 - 11:35
3 - 11:32
.45 - 11:34
I am glad I was able to keep around the safe pace for the entire run. And according to Garmin, my outside run pace hasnt changed really at all since the summer, so that is good.
I gained 154 ft in elevation, and lost 149 ft in elevation - so not very hilly. There was only one part that was uphill. It was a gradual uphill and on the last lap I really struggled, but Garmin said I maintained my pace on the uphill so that is good.
If you ever really wondered what the elevation is like out here in Colorado Springs - the minimum elevation on my run was 6,375 ft, and the maximum elevation was 6,453 ft. Yes, we are very high up here. And running in this type of altitude is really difficult to get used to, just so you know.
After my run, I did a 20 minute full body Pilates routine, which made my muscles feel great :) Then I showered and headed out to Old Navy for their Buy One, Get One 50% off sale. I got 2 new pairs of jeans, 2 sweaters, a fleece lounging outfit, a running outfit, and a shirt for J. It was a great shopping trip!
At home, I finished a craft project I've been working on. Last week I made a race medal holder, and yesterday I made a race bib holder. Super easy! I will have to post pictures of them once I hang them up. This is some serious motivation to get back into racing, right?!
Saturday night J and I went out to dinner at a local mexican restaurant that we hadnt been to yet. It was just ok. The mango daiquiri I had was delicious, but the enchiladas werent fantastic. J seemed to like his meal all the same. We were exhausted and went to bed early last night too.
This morning I forced J to watch 2 hours of Say Yes To The Dress. I think he was ready to kill me after that. hehe Guilty pleasure, for sure. I did Level 1 of 30 Day Shred using 3lb weights (because those dont hurt my thumb to hold). I havent done that in over 2 years. It wasnt as bad as I remembered it. Then I went to the commissary to pick up food for the next few days. Bad idea - it was the craziest I had ever seen it!! So I quickly picked up the essentials and left. Since then I've been lounging around, feeling bored, but not really motivated to do anything. I binged on oreo cookies. Never good. I bought oreos because I was going to make oreo cupcakes like last weekend, but I've just eaten the cookies instead. I tracked them though. I should eat dinner soon, but I'm not really that hungry. Wonder why.
Glad this week is only a 2.5 day work week. I am definitely looking forward to a 4-day weekend. I will probably not head out on Black Friday, but it will be nice to have 4 days to start decorating for Christmas, finally!!